What really drives voters to the polls?

People come and go from the Registrar of Voters office on the final day of voter registration in the upcoming congressional elections in San Diego, California, U.S. October 22, 2018.  REUTERS/Mike Blake - RC1956981AF0

Brookings Press Director Bill Finan sits down with Donald P. Green, the J.W. Burgess Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. Doctor Green is co-author, with Alan S. Gerber, of “Get Out the Vote: How to Increase Voter Turnout,” now in its fourth edition from the Brookings Press. In “Get out the Vote,” Green and Gerber take a scientific approach to the challenge of voter mobilization, and examine new data on the efficiency of various campaign tactics, including door-to-door canvassing, email, direct mail, and telephone calls.

Also on the program, Senior Fellow David Wessel discusses whether the crisis in state and local pensions we so often hear about is really a crisis at all.

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